Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Much needed cash flow idea


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-20-2007, 04:00 AM
grounded
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

What if you offered your customers a one time monetary discount if they pay online within 10 days of receipt, say $2.00
You could set up a pay now button thru PayPal on your web site
This would entice customers to view your website and become familiar with it
You would have a valid email address for future sales promotions
And generate much needed cash flow for your season start up quickly

Does anybody use the back side of their invoice as a sales billboard?

Anybody have any suggestions on this?

Tom
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 12-20-2007, 07:11 AM
JMM0254
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
How about some examples on setting this up. I have set up on my site but Paypal only allows paying for a one set price or multilpe fixed payments. In other words, it appeared to me that I could set up payments in distinct levels (25.00, 50.00, 75.00 etc.). Then the customer would have to select which level payment they want to pay for. As we have different levels for a great majority of our customers, it makes it difficult.

Unless there is a way to allow the customer to pay exactly the amount they want to pay and enter their own numbers.

Also, our customers most likely don't want to open a PayPal account, but would rather just enter their banking or credit card info and pay. Plus if they pay using paypal, don't they get a service fee, then we get a service fee also? Not sure what the % is, but in time I am sure it adds up. Not sure a 2.00 discount takes care of that or not.

If there is a way to do this, I must have missed it.

Any guidence would be greatly appreciated.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-20-2007, 09:37 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

It seems from what we have discussed in other topics, there are more fees associated with the use of paypal.

Tom do you have or have you considered setting up a merchant account?

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]What if you offered your customers a one time monetary discount if they pay online within 10 days of receipt, say $2.00
Would you prefer your customers pay with credit card?

If so you could possibly offer one free mowing at the end of the season if they choose to pay each month by credit card.

Would something like that help?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-20-2007, 03:13 PM
tjgray tjgray is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Dallas, Texas
Age: 45
Posts: 104
Rep Power: 11
tjgray
Default

There is no fee for paying for things using a paypal account. I use mine to order and pay for stuff online all of the time.

We do have to pay a fee for each payment we recieve but it is not much and worth it to me to be able to offer my customers the conveinance of paying with their credit or debit cards.

JM I am not sure why yours appears to only accept one set price or multilpe fixed payments??? Our customers are able to pay exactly the amount they want to pay and enter their own numbers.

And whenever I use it which I do often I am always able to add in just what I want to pay...

I would check your options again maybe you have something set that shouldn't be???
__________________
Tara Gray
Green Paws Lawn Care
http://www.greenpawslawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-20-2007, 03:29 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What % of your client base pays through paypal? What % would ou like to have them pay through paypal?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-20-2007, 05:32 PM
tjgray tjgray is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Dallas, Texas
Age: 45
Posts: 104
Rep Power: 11
tjgray
Default

Ideal would be for our customers to all put a check in the mail as soon as they recieve their invoice or at the very least leave a check in a pre-determined spot for the next time we are out...

Buuuut,

I have a handful that I am always having to send an email reminder too and having the paypal option helps me to be able to collect a little easier
__________________
Tara Gray
Green Paws Lawn Care
http://www.greenpawslawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-21-2007, 02:54 AM
grounded
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

This idea came from outside the box thinking and my goal was to attract some, if not all of my spring clean up clients to visit my site.
As a bonus, they would be able to pay thru paypal and then receive future email discount coupons for future services. This appeals to some, not all and getting them to trust paypal and set up an account will be a win for me.
I haven't taken CC's before and haven't asked my clients if it was favorable to them. This too would be valuable info gained

I'm trying many different marketing ideas as they become apparent and before I spend any money, I want to test the ideas.

At the very least, the paypal idea wont cost me a dime if it fails and hopefully open up more creative marketing ideas.

Tom
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-21-2007, 05:07 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]At the very least, the paypal idea wont cost me a dime if it fails and hopefully open up more creative marketing ideas.
That is a very good point.

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]This idea came from outside the box thinking and my goal was to attract some, if not all of my spring clean up clients to visit my site.
Off the top of my head, what do I think would get customers to visit your site? Well maybe if they knew there were different coupons that were placed up throughout the month. Maybe they were up for a limited time and only applied to a limited amount who called. Say for instance, the first 3 customers who call for a spring yard cleaning will also get a free gutter vacuuming? Or a free planting of some flowers or something like that.

Also they might come to your site if it was a reference point to find information about something they were interested in. Maybe they want to learn more about lawn diseases and how you resolve them.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-21-2007, 01:51 PM
pmblair
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

You can find the options to accept credit cards without your customers having to sign up for a PayPal account. In fact, you can set up your PayPal account to actually allow you to take credit card payments via phone!

I think you have to be signed up for a business PayPal account...
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-21-2007, 04:12 PM
realhuntin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

[quote=[b]Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Dec. 20 2007,10:37)]
Quote:

If so you could possibly offer one free mowing at the end of the season if they choose to pay each month by credit card.
This is one of the smartest ideas i have heard in a while, guess thats why your here steve to keep us all thinking VERY GOOD THOUGHT! I am going to use it!

Thanks Tim
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
Today 12:43 PM
by biglee
5 173
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
Today 12:29 PM
by biglee
5 137
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
Today 12:25 PM
by biglee
10 292
Billing methods
jcurr33
Yesterday 01:33 PM
Today 12:23 PM
by biglee
2 66
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
Today 12:19 PM
by biglee
26 2,318
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
Yesterday 09:17 PM
by SGL1
14 3,365
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
Yesterday 05:40 PM
Yesterday 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 43
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
Yesterday 01:22 PM
by chris2500hd
7 181
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
Yesterday 04:49 AM
by avetslawncare
2 106
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
03-25-2015 08:57 PM
by SGL1
9 451
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 458
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,492
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
03-25-2015 07:20 PM
by avetslawncare
6 142
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
03-25-2015 03:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 252
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 276
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 162
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,636
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 283
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 112
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
03-24-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 109
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 186
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 110
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 105
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 379,911
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 815
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
03-23-2015 11:48 AM
by BLC7
18 451
Need some advice about...
Wolf4dk
03-22-2015 10:48 PM
03-22-2015 10:48 PM
by Wolf4dk
0 167
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,542
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 245
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-21-2015 01:53 PM
by Bradcook21
4 283
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 3,579
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 161
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 526
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 258
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 451
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 335
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,287
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 2,009
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 191
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 841
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 259
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 954
Scag hydro w/b frame...
Just for Cuts
03-11-2015 03:32 PM
03-17-2015 06:37 PM
by lxarth
11 477
Buy new or used?
lxarth
12-26-2014 09:50 PM
03-17-2015 06:11 PM
by lxarth
14 1,688
New to 2015
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 08:29 AM
03-17-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 273
Pulling trailer was...
SGL1
03-07-2015 07:14 PM
03-17-2015 08:11 AM
by SGL1
30 1,110
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
03-02-2015 09:59 AM
03-16-2015 03:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
10 614
trimmer racks.
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:07 AM
03-16-2015 03:17 PM
by Steve
4 338
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
03-16-2015 03:11 PM
by Steve
4 338
new equipment
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:12 AM
03-16-2015 03:07 PM
by Steve
7 352
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blades bush contract help deliquentaccounts design ditches employee problems equipment rental estimate ferris flyers foreman free advertising google growing a lawn care business hiring husqvarna introduction jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets mr dave mulch new business per hour service pricing pto push versus ride running a business secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair snow plowing square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns sulky theft toro toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:42 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:42 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy